By Jon Egie

L-R. Head teachers of Oharisi schools 11 and 1, Mr Idolor and Comrade Enayemo respectively

L-R. Head teachers of Oharisi schools 11 and 1, Mr Idolor and Comrade Enayemo respectively

The Oharisi Model Primary School 1, Ughelli has been rated as the number one public primary school in the whole of Ughelli North LGA.

Head of Department of School Services of the Ughelli North local government education authority, Mrs. Elizabeth Ekere gave the assessment during the occasion of the sent forth of some teachers who had been transferred from the school, Tuesday, April 3.

The HOD said the school merits the status of the No.1 school in the LG after due assessment of it’s staff dedication to duties, excellent performance in social and academic activities.

“The school has merited it’s status as No.1 school in the LG for maintaining it’s culture of resuming at 730 am and performing excellently in social and academic activities” she said at the end of the event.

Mrs Ekere who also chaired the occasion was excited at the opportunity to chairman an occasion for the first time in her life.

The event witnessed the presentation of series of drama by the special children (deaf and dumb) with Miss Mercy Oruoghor as protagonist and Mrs Egboduku Agness as Director.

The little king and queen, a mock traditional ruler and his mock wife of Urhobo land, also pupils of Oharisi Model Primary School 1, who have made much local and state exploits also featured to grace the occasion.

A debate staged by another set of pupils of the school on the topic, “Teachers are more important than Doctors”, stole the day.

Those who proposed the motion said teachers produce doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects accountants and other professionals in the society. They argued that doctors often go on strike and put the lives of citizens in danger.

Those who opposed the motion said the teaching profession is an all comers job. They poited out that the teaching profession is looked down on socially and accused teachers of collecting illegal fees from pupils. They further argued that doctors have a strong union, the NMA, but that teachers have a weak trade union, the NUT, which without embarking on strikes cannot achieve its aims.

“One cannot just be a doctor but every one can open a school and begin to teach” they said and submitted that doctors are more important that teachers.

At the end of the debate, the panel of judges made up of only teachers reasoned in their decision that teachers are more important than doctors.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of award to the most well dressed teachers on working attire. Mr. Lawrence Onoriose and Mrs. Jane Okena grabbed the awards.

Mrs Onwuka Bridget, a retired teacher from the school was also honoured by the Head teacher of the school, Comrade Vincent Enayemo for her commitment, dedication and humility. Miss Talyko Oke, a student teacher received a souvenir from the group of primary 6 teachers.

Among the transferred teachers who were celebrated and given souvenirs were: Mrs Omohowho Rose, Mr Eshiomi John, Mrs Ejowoke Helen, Igho Inana and Mrs Grace Azakaza.

In a closing remark, Mr Sunday Idolor who is the Head teacher of Oharisi Model Primary School 11, prophesied that the future of the little king and queen will be great. He advised all teachers to put in their best so that in due time they would be honoured.